Network affiliate stations are encrypted to protect the rights of other broadcast stations, and becaues they are uplinked specifically for subscription.I've got to wonder why more OTA and network stations are not FTA. After all, they make their money from selling ads. Isn't that how the "superstations" started? Maybe it's due to FCC reg's but then they would be going after the existing FTA stations. Just call me confused in Canada.
I would go with C band with DVB S2 receiver as well. Can't recommend a particular model though.
Those receivers don't do Mpeg 4 either.I've been looking at those cheap receivers, wondered about them with the price so low. Cant get mepg 4 with my sonic view 360.
Simple - they don't have the geographical programming rights for the total area covered by the beam.I've got to wonder why more OTA and network stations are not FTA.
That is not true. While a 10 foot dish as ideal (bigger is always better with any KU or Cband sats), it is not a minimum. I am located quite far from the hot spots of most Cband sats (Calgary, AB) and I still have success with a 1.2 meter (4 ft) dish, a BSC421 Cband LNB, and a conical scalar ring. While this setup will not get you every channel that you could receive in your area with a 10 ft dish, it works quite well. I have no problem with the GDMX and Virgin Island network feeds on 99w, Fox muxes on 91w, ION mux on 103w, just for a few examples.At 2 degree spacing, a 10 ft dish is the minimum. There are a couple of powerful satellites that can be received in most parts of Canada with a 6 foot dish. But only because the adjacent satellites are weak or beams are pointed away from Canada.
A bigger dish is also required for DVB-S2 than is required for analog transmissions.
Being located in Newfoundland, the minimum dish size requirement for you will be higher as the footprint for most satellites tends to start getting weaker in that part of the country. Honestly, if you want all C-band studio feeds with no issues in Newfoundland, I would recommend at least a 10 ft. dish but you might be able to get away with a well tuned 240 cm (7.5 ft.) dish and a low noise LNBF. This is based on the satellite footprint coverage maps from satbeams.com.What is the smallest recommended dish for c-band (I only care about hd studio feeds) really.